NFL: Beckham helps Giants secure victory over Washington

Jay Asser 10:03 26/09/2015
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Hero: Odell Beckham Jr.

The New York Giants didn’t just avoid mistakes in the fourth quarter this time, but capped their performance with a strong finish to finally earn their first win against Washington, 32-21.

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Following fourth-quarter collapses in the first two weeks of the season, New York ensured their late lead in the NFC East matchup wasn’t for nought as they upped their aggressiveness down the stretch.

The Giants scored 14 points in the final frame by relying on their pair of wide receivers to make critical plays.

Odell Beckham Jr first struck with a 30-yard touchdown grab to put New York up 25-6 followed by Rueben Randle securing a juggling 41-yard score for insurance in the closing minutes.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning was a combined 14-of-16 for 195 yards, 11 first downs and the two touchdowns when targeting Beckham and Randle.

Beckham’s dominance in his rookie campaign has carried over to this year but Randle was missing in the early going this season before breaking out with 116 yards on seven catches against Washington.

“He’s capable of doing that every single time,” Beckham said. “We’ve all got to pitch in to be able to do that. It was great to be able to see him get in the end zone tonight, and be able to see him out there.”

Randle was relegated to a footnote in the first two weeks, totalling four receptions on seven targets for 28 yards, but his involvement was emphasised in the lead-up to the division meeting with Washington.

“Rueben played well, played outstanding from the get-go,” Manning said. “We need him to play well, and I felt bad the first games hadn’t gotten him as involved as we should’ve. He’s a big part of the offense.

“It’s good to get him back going and getting him catches, and making sure people know you have a lot more than just one receiver.”

With playmaking wideout Victor Cruz still sidelined with a calf injury, the presence of Randle – who now has four 100-yard games in his past 10 after just one in his first 41 career games – is necessary to take pressure off Beckham and give Manning another target.

Beckham, meanwhile, delivered again with his 14th career touchdown in his 15th game – fourthmost of any player in history through 15 games – to give him the most scores in the NFL during that span.

Instead of holding a 1-2 record, the Giants could be sitting pretty in the division at 3-0 had they held on in their first two contests, but with Dallas having to deal with significant injuries to their most important players and Philadelphia in a tailspin, New York are very much in the thick of things in the turbulent NFC East.

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Baseball says goodbye to iconic Yogi Berra

Barny 21:01 23/09/2015
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Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his malapropisms as his record 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, has died of natural causes aged 90.









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New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra dies aged 90

Sport360 staff 18:27 23/09/2015
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Berra is an iconic figure in MLB.

Iconic New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, an athlete as beloved for his folksy sayings as for his legendary baseball career, has died, the Yogi Berra Museum said early Wednesday. He was 90.

The Hall of Famer and three-time Most Valuable Player died of “natural causes” late Tuesday, the museum said in a statement.

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“Yogi conducted his life with unwavering integrity, humility and a contagious good humor that elevated him from baseball legend to beloved national icon,” the museum said.

Berra, a 15-time All Star and 10-time World Series champion, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. But the baseball great was equally well-known for humorous quips and malapropisms such as “It’s deja vu all over again.”

Others include such one-liners as “It ain’t over till it’s over” and “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Major League Baseball columnist Marty Noble said on the league’s online news page that “a loss that unquestionably transcends the game has sent all of baseball into deep mourning.”

Berra’s museum announced his death “with a profound sense of loss and heartfelt sorrow.”

His family added that “while we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom.”

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